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Millionaires club: The highest paid AFL player

Kicking two Goals of the Year in 2010 and 2013 has helped Mr Franklin become the highest paid AFL player.
Kicking two Goals of the Year in 2010 and 2013 has helped Mr Franklin become the highest paid AFL player. Photo: Getty
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The highest paid AFL player currently earns over $1 million, along with nine other players who set a new wage record.

The old record was set in 2012 when eight AFL players earned over $1 million.

In February 2018, the AFL released its official salary and TPP figures for 2017, revealing two players earned over $1.2 million.

Who is the highest paid AFL player?

According to the AFL, Lance Franklin is estimated to be the highest paid AFL player last season.

Also known as Buddy, Mr Franklin began his football debut in 2005, playing for the Hawthorn Football Club.

In 2014, he moved to the Sydney Swans and kicked four goals in the 2014 AFL Grand Final.

Although Sydney lost to Hawthorn, it was Mr Franklin’s highest ever tally in a grand final.

Other estimated highly paid AFL players include:

  • Tom Boyd
  • Nathan Fyfe
  • Jeremy Cameron
  • Scott Pendlebury
  • Tom Lynch
  • Gary Ablett
  • Trent Cotchin
  • Dion Prestia

    AFL listed player salaries across the years with nine earning over $1 million in 2017.
    AFL listed player salaries across the years with nine earning over $1 million in 2017. Photo: AFL

Eleven players earned between $900,000 and $1 million last season.

Nic Naitanui is believed to be the only person in this category who did not play a senior game.

According to the AFL, the average 2017 salary for players was $352,470 with one player earning under $60,000.

This is a distinct increase from 2000, with the average salary being $126,996.